Community groups and pupils from Hawksworth Wood Primary have joined together in a campaign to rid a Kirkstall housing estate of dog muck.
Dog fouling is one of the biggest causes of complaints from local residents in Hawksworth Wood, with the Cragside Rec park often blighted by dog owners not picking up after their pets.
The school held a competition to design a poster that would be used to promote the anti-dog fouling campaign and a winner was picked from each year group. The posters will be made in to signs, stickers and literature that will be distributed around the estate warning residents they could be fined up to £2,500 for dog fouling and littering.
The campaign is supported by the council’s Inner West Community Committee, and an action group of councillors, officers and residents have been working together for the last six months on a number of initiatives including talks in schools, increased enforcement patrols, a dog show.
A free dog chipping event is planned for Friday 13 November, 11am-2pm, at Hawksworth Village Hall, Kirkstall.
Cllr Kevin Ritchie, Chair of the Inner West Community Committee said:
“Dog fouling is completely unacceptable, and having the posters designed by local children has been a really fun way of getting this message across.
“I’d like to thank all the local residents from Hawksworth Wood Community Association, the HAVA Board, the local school and church for all their help in getting the campaign off the ground.”